What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama -- like Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's other movies -- is a complex, engrossing story with themes that are too mature for even most older teens, including infidelity and spousal abuse. Expect frank sexual discussion and some steamy scenes (lots of moaning and groaning, as well as a close-up view of naked breasts), domestic violence (a man pushes his wife down the stairs), swearing, and drug use.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages and role models. Are any of the characters purely "good" or "bad"? What is the movie saying about love and relationships?
- What do you think the movie's title means? To which embraces does it refer? Is it literal or metaphorical?
- Why does Harry Caine abandon his identity? If he wanted to forget it, why does he then hang onto evidence of who he once was?